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gadhafi back on his heels. so our expectation is as we continue to apply steady pressure, not only militarily, but also through other means, that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> right now, that's not the scene on the ground. today it was the rebels retreating from ras lanuf after heavy shelling there. nbc's jim maceda is there live. where are rebel fors moving from right now? >> reporter: well, right now, it's not clear where the actual line is in the sand. it's somewhere close to braga. but it's been dizzying just trying to follow the front line over the past few days. you know, of course, that 48 hours ago, the momentum growing with the rebels, not back in favor of gadhafi forces. what happened are a couple of -- for two days. there was no resistance at all because of those nato air strikes on gadhafi.
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yesterday, however, they really hit a wall. not just from -- but also from ambushes, and were set up by locals. these are armed civilians, armed militia, if you will, who are hitting from all directions and ambushing these rebels. this was clearly gadhafi country. >> that's our jim maceda. hey, jim, we're having trouble with your shot there. we want to thank you. we're going to try to get back to you if we can clear up the interference that we're having. during the interview, the president tried to take each issue on and do so case by case. take a listen. >> i think it's important not to take this situation, in a quickie fashion across the board.
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each country in the region is different. our prince els remain the same. >> so we heard that phrase obama doctrine repeatedly over the last few weeks but there are questions, is there really any clear, any uniform strategic position coming from the white house. is it the obama doctrine or no doctrine at all? michael hersh is a chief correspondent for "national journal can journal" and joins us now. michael you have a piece that you deal hard with there's no coherent strategy when it comes to upheaval in the middle east. as we heard the president say there, there really isn't a cookie cutter application that you can use in conflict "a" as it works for conflict "b" as it would work for conflict "c"? >> well, that's right. you heard the president himself rather dismissively use the term "obama doctrine" as if, you know, he was trying to stay away from any such idea.
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and i think that he is. my own interpretation, that if there is a obama doctrine is to have no doctrine, particularly when it comes to the middle east because it is such a dicey situation. and you've seen this administration take different positions, as each of these crises has unfolded, first starting in tunisia and egyptian, in the latter stages of the egypt protests. the administration went from more or less recording hosni mubarak to protesting him entirely. and when the saudis marched in, they sort of backed off protesting for too much democratic change because of friendliness in bahrain. in libya, they have made it very clear this is not to be seen as a precedent. that's in contrast, quite frankly, with some of the european allies.
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i just spoke to a foreign diplomat who does this see and hope that the rest of the arab world regimes would take note of it. so you see a very different tone coming from this president than you see coming from the others. >> michael, take a look at this, this is another exchange between the president and brian williams last night. >> are you ruling out u.s. military hardware assistance? >> i'm not ruling it out. but i'm also not ruling it in. we're still making an assessment, partly about what gadhafi's forces are going to be doing. >> michael what do you expect to happen here? do the president's ambitions or lack thereof, suggest that there are not going to be any ground troops in libya, can we definitively say that we're not going to but american lives there on the ground at risk? >> well, i don't think can you positively say anything, but i think you can come pretty close in this situation. i think obama made clear in his
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speech the other night, in his comments that he made to brian williams, to tell us what we've heard about internal discussions in the administration. that they're willing to consider a lot of additional measures, both political and military, including possibly arming the rebels, though there's some leeriness about that because of concerns about extremists within their ranks. but when it comes to u.s. ground troops in the context of budget-straightened, u.s.-national get situation, two wars still ongoing with iraq and afghanistan, i think you can say pretty confidently that u.s. troops are not going to be part of this equation even if it goes on for weeks or months more as likely to, quite frankly. >> i think a lot of military families are going to be find you and hope that is the case. michael hirsch thanks so much. the state of the economy,
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combining to give president obama the worst approval ratings that he's seen. a new quinnipiac poll paints an ugly picture for the white house. the president's disapprovalal rating is at 48%. and those who say he does not expect to be re-elected in 2012. the founder of christy strategies and bernard whitman say democratic pollster and strategist. it's good to have you both here. tough numbers to say the least. what do you think is the driving force behind them right now? is the country so displeased with the compromise and legislation that came out of the lame duck session, and all the goodwill has now gone away from that? >> well, clearly, the poll is not good news for the president. but it's important to remember that november 2012 is an awful long way off. and the slide is certainly driven in part by the continuing questions and concerns over involvement in libya. but i also think that the
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american people are concerned about the time, attention and money that has been shelled out in recent weeks to the middle east. and there's growing concern about how much focus the president and his administration are taking with all of our foreign operations, when it be libya, iraq or afghanistan. i think that the american people appreciate the approach the president has taken, only to the extent of building a coalition, not going at it alone. explaining his approach to the american people. but clearly, there's a lot of questions that remain about why we're there, how long we're going throb, how we're going to get out. and at a time when we have so many unresolved issues at home, in terms of the economy, the budget and jobs, there is a lot of frustration with the fred that he's not spending his focus there. and rather, seeming to spend more focus on foreign policy. >> ron, i think the white house as we've seen in many white houses, no matter who's in office, republican or democrat would say we're nut paying attention to the polls.
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they say that publicly. privately, they're probably sweating a little bit. but the polls show that voters have conflicts views on what exactly we should do. there's support for musing missiles. also support for protecting civilians but not to remove gadhafi from power. so this is conflict going to keep dragging the president's approval rating down at a critical time when it shouldn't be seeing numbers like this? when you got to be thinking about 2012? >> well, thomas, i think you're right. i think bernard is also largely correct in his assessment. i think president obama's true problem right now is his words have not matched his deeds. he came in heralded as a candidate of hope and change. he was going to turn around a very terrible economic situation that he had assumed in office. and he hadn't. his stimulus package hasn't met the expectations that the president laid out. the president also said he was going to try to draw down the wars. he's continued the wars amics lookt nd he ony is i b she.
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the diconnu t g worse and this president is bringing us into another conflict. and his administration cannot articulate another policy. i think people are saying why are spending half a trillion dollars in military operations in libya when we're not certain this is in america's best interests? >> when you watch this, it's not apples to apples or oranges to oranges in comparison to why we're at war with iraq or afghanistan? this is entirely different. michele bachmann was on "today" show this morning. take a listen to what she had to say, we'll talk on the other side. would you make a decision to arm the rebels? >> i would not, because again, we do not know enough about who they are, and we have also not identified an american vital national interest. that must be done before the united states can intervene in another nation's affair. >> so this is an effective argument, bernard. and is it a smart argument for
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someone who seems to be looking seriously at 2012 to make? >> no endorsement to michele bachmann, but why we're getting involved and how much time we're spending there. i think what the president needs to do is clearly speak to independents and let the independents know despite the myriad of international challenges facing this administration, he is focusing like a laser on the economy, on the jobs on the budget. and i think he has a great opportunity to contrast that with what the republicans are doing. instead of focusing on job creation, the republicans seem more interested in demonizing unions, shutting down the government and continuing to discriminate between gays and lesbians. i think there's a vacuum that the president needs to jump in and reassure independents that that's where his focus is, despite the ongoing challenges abroad. >> ron, the president make nothing definitive decisions
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about whether or not to arm the rebels. in your estimation, how quickly does he need to make that answer known to the american taxpayer? >> i think sooner rather than later, thomas. i absolutely endorse what michele bachmann had to say. i'm very concerned here. you have a united states admiral and a member of nato coordinating the allied response right now saying there are tice the rentals with al qaeda and hezbollah. hezbollah killed 241 of our marines in lebanon back in 1993. of course, we've seen what they've done to the united states and allies around the world. i am not comfortable arming individuals, even if there's a connection, as tangential as it may be, otherwise, i don't think it's of vital national security interest. and certainly, not in our economic interests. >> gentlemen, thanks for coming on this morning. we appreciate your insight. die want to give a programming note to all of our viewers this morning. we are expecting the president to give a speech this morning in
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washington, d.c., winning the future, american energy. obviously, the topic being on energy but there is wide speculation that the president will be addressing the situation in libya off the top. we'll wait for that this morning on msnbc. still ahead, violence in the classroom starting as early as elementary school. we're going to talk to a leader in philadelphia about what they're trying to do to make schools a safer place for all of our kids. [ twig snaps ] [ whispering ] shhhh... did you hear that? it sounded like the chocobeast. the what? half man, half beast. he'll stop at nothing to sink his fangs into people who steal other people's chocolate temptations. you guys have nothing to worry about, right? aaah! [ all scream ] nice job, chocobeast! thank you. [ male announcer ] six indulgent layered desserts,
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welcome back, everybody. philadelphia schools are under a microscope these days after a series of newspaper reports revealed rampant violence in the city's district. beatings, robberies, sexual assaults against teachers even. among students in every school in every grade, from kindergarten on up. teachers on the front line say nothing is being done to make their classrooms safe or stop
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the ongoing crisis. but school administrators say their district is being unfairly singled out. thomaz hammon is associate superintendent of the philadelphia school district. you're he to gives t distri's side of the story here. the story is based on a year-long investigation by reporters for the "philadelphia inquirer" which we had on the show as of yesterday. let's address the credit civil right away. is the district saying directly that the "enquirer's" reporting is not accurate to the problems there? >> we're not saying that. and thank you for having us on the show this morning. we're not saying that at all. we acknowledge there are issues in our school with regard to violence. we also recognize, frankly, is this not an issue that schools alone can handle. so our response is one of taking the data we have, including the data we're reading from "enquirer" as well, in fact, we've been in the process of formulating responses to the
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incidents of violence that we've been looking at. so we understand there's an issue. we're not by any means saying there's not a problem. schools are a microcosm, thomas, of our society. they manifest themselves in the classroom. the question you should do we with city agencies, other entities, community-based organizations come together to address the issues? much of what we see, thomas, is a response to young people trying for help. school is one place that they spend time. our young people are with us 7 hours and 10 minutes a day. there are 24 hours in a day. we cannot squarely put this on the shoulders of our school. that said -- >> but there are situations of violence, tomas, in your school and students are crying for help. they literally are crying for help. there's one example of a young girl named tosheda beat and attacked in class.
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how do you have that zero tolerance, and how are you supposed to institute that zero tolerance, when you have a teacher who is watching and not doing anything no help? >> the burden should not sole rise on the teacher's shoulders. this is the types of reports we need to get. we're working closely to try to get it. let me be clear, thomas, the types of incidents being outlined in the series, in a number of incidents absolutely unacceptable to us as a district, absolutely unacceptable. we want our environments to be places where young people can learn and teachers can teach. that's goal one. this is a complex issue. i wish there were a cookie cutter approach to this, a box, a game plan that addresses these issues. >> tomas, i know you say that it shouldn't fall squarely on the schools. but "the enquirer" also reported that the superintendent of schools, her name is arlene
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ackerman saying that teachers and school principals are responsible. she gave a quote, when young people rush into a classroom when they roam the halls, that's an adult problem of the educators in that school. having been a teacher, having been a principal, i never had that happen in my classroom. if the teachers are under siege, in class, being threatened, how are they supposed to combat all of this, let alone cope, and feel that they are the ones that should be providing a secure atmosphere for the students, to the ones who feel they're in danger? >> and the superintendent, we absolutely agree with the point that there are systems issues. there are adults in buildings, and you've used the term "on the front lines." . i don't want to use that term. in our buildings where young people are. and schools, in the urban area where these issues work well, our schools have very clearly
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dl delineated systems. do we have adults transitioning with young people in a positive manner, to make sure they get where they need to get. and if they don't get to where they need to get, what are we doing in terms of providing support. some of what we're working on, thomas, are issues of where are the adults in the building, so atheinof isu at pp ith bcke,th weeeang o, n't haen aly afrqutl caweiteransath 'rgog lina said is that. the issue becomes when it ppens, are we prepared to address them and get to the root cause of the issue. as we unpack some of these issues going on, if i were to tell you the kind of things we're learning, what happens in homes with young people and the kinds of issues that are coming into schools from the community, in some cases, really good principles and great teachers, find out what's going on ahead
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of time because they're sort of piped into their communities. schools that have struggled with that are schools that we've got to work with better to figure out how we can sort of engage communities and one another into this because it is going to take a massive response on behalf of schools, communities, city agencies, elected officials. and you know, the president recently had a bullying initiative. >> in d.c., yeah. >> in d.c., he's getting at these issues. so we recognize that schools -- in terms of how this happens. you know, the "enquirer "has been looking at five years worth of data. during the five years we've had close to 900,000 young people if our schools.
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one incident is an incident too many. >> right. >> we agree. but we've got to engage, you know, folks in the discussion so that we can figure out what to do next. you know, schools are where our young people are and where we believe our future is. we've got to absolutely work with young people and families to figure this out. that's where we're headed. and we're hoping to make headway. it's not going to happen overnight. >> no. >> but from our perspective, urgency is absolutely on the top of the list. because if a young person doesn't feel that they can come to school and learn, and a teacher and adult doesn't feel they can come to school and do their job in an effective manner. we've got a lot of work to do. i will tell you in philadelphia, we are not sitting on our hands, not doing anything about this. we're engaging many folks on this dialogue and expect to see changes. >> mr. hanna, we wish you, though, the best of luck. we know you got a tough read ahead of you. a lot of these kids, i know, are
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struggling to come from environments where it's tough on them. education is the way out. they've got to remember that. mr. hanna, thanks for coming on. >> thank you for the opportunity. >> exactly how widespread is is this in-school violence. it's not just a problem in philadelphia as we heard. a psychologist renown educator and author, michelle, it's good to see you. it's clear to see from the coverage on what's going on in philadelphia and "enquirer," it's a scary situation. it certainly say crisis. but what can be done about it. this obviously say hot white spotlight on philadelphia. but it's a national crisis. >> it is a national crisis but the first concern of why we ought to look and be clear it's a crisis. it's escalating in particular with younger and younger children. number two, we're looking at your sexualized kinds of situations. we're also looking at more and
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more lax. what do you do? i wrote a bill to prevent school violence that was actually passed by the state of california. i combed over 1,000 studies of the surgeon general. there were three things that every single school needs to do so there say cookie cutter approach. number one, you eliminate physical violence asap. you stand at every single door and make sure you identify hot spots. violence in schools always takes place in the same spots. they're usually bathrooms, hallways, and there's no place for those places not to be supervised. get an sro, a security resource officer. children say that particular officer who roams the school site is probably one of the best ways to reduce violence because they feel safe going to him. second is motional safety. both teachers better be caring connectors. they also should be trained on anger management, posttraumatic stress. coping skills. they better be at those doors.
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one school has violence, one doesn't, what's the key? both caring protectors. >> i hear qiching, ching, ching. how do you pay for all of this? >> if there's one person you probably should be putting the money into it's an sro, security resource officer because research says they make a difference. many schools in innercity, they're utilizing people in a caring community. they give them a low-budget salary, but they come in and watch certain particular kids. they identify and find out where those spots are that are hot spots. they figure out where the community needs to help. that's a clear one that they begin to reduce the violence there. finally, the peace that's absolutely essential. these kids are coming with posttraumatic stress. and a one-time teaching that
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says here how you teach anger management. here's how you teach conflict. a child age 8 who is bullying repeatedly has a 1 in 4 chance of being in jail by the age of 26. >> it's disheartening when we hear this, say over and over again, kids out there watching, parents, want to remind the kids education is the better way out for all of us. we continue to watch that situation in philadelphia. michelle, great to have you on. >> you're welcome. >> continue that great work in california, too. we are awaiting president obama who is scheduled to speak at georgetown university. we do expect him to address libya as well. 3q double shift... i need a break.
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hi, everybody. i'm thomas roberts. here's what's topping the news now. the auto giant honda says it's temporarily cutting production in north america due parts
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shortages. all vehicles made in north america primarily use locally made parts, a small number of parts are produced in japan where the recent earthquake and tsunami have limited production. honda has said they don't know which models will be affected. nine patients died after feeding bags were contaminated with bacteria. all the patients became critically ill. ten other patients were sickened after using the sale bags which the maker has now pulled avenue the market. new york senator chuck schumer forgot to hit the mute button while going over budget talking points before a conference call with reporters. he told his democratic colleagues in the room to call the gop's proposed cuts extreme and blame the tea party forestalling negotiations. the senators eventually realize and -- you know it -- awkward
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pause. and democrat supporters are telling us that president obama is three weeks away from officially announcing his re-election campaign. kicking it off with an online video and e-mails. meanwhile, donors in chicago are reportedly being told that the announcement will coincide with a democratic fund-raiser there coming up april 14th. president obama is getting a steady dose of questions, also criticism about libya. the american people are frustrated with the handling of the nation's deficit. 64% of voters in the latest quinnipiac poll say they disapprove of the way the president is tackling the deficit. this morning, leaders voiced their frustration with senate democrats. >> there will be a government shutdown, of which i asked, i don't know, we'll have to ask senator harry reid. he has the answer to the question. >> the senate says, we splaia p.
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well, great, pass the damn thing, all right? instead of sitting over there rooting for eye government shutdown. >> luke russert, that's the latest from the house, pass the damn thing. a group unhappy with the cuts, democrats unwilling to agree, chuck schumer specifically being called out. >> absolutely, tempers getting quite hot here on capitol hill, thomas. that's really because there's somewhat of a stalemate in terms of what exactly is going to happen for the rest of the budget for the rest of fiscal year 2011. what we've heard from the white house and senate, that within negotiations, there was $30 billion in cut s offered for th rest of this year. that's $20 billion on top of the $10 billion that have been passed. house republicans have said, no, we haven't heard those numbers all. that's what speaker boehner was
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relating to when he said pass the damn thing. a lot of that it going on behind closed doors with staff of harry re reid's office. they're set on this $51 billion in cuts number. and the other thing with any kind of compromise, thomas, will be with these things called policy riders. they're essentially areas within the budget that target and regulate things like the epa, planned parenthood, the corporation for public broadcasting. a lot of conservative pet causes that democrats don't think should be in any compromise. but late last night, harry reidalreid al alluded to those things could be on the table. on capitol hill, there's a lot of heated rhetoric from the gop against the democratic cause on this issue. eric cantor said that president obama about m.i.a., really trying to plakate the right side
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of that irbase, after the dirty word that is compromise. they want to see the ball fall farther up in their court into what they desire which is that $51 billion number. and it doesn't look like we're going to see anything close to that, at least the next few days, thomas. >> you mentioned senate minority leader harry reid making sure things are on the table. does that mean that is on the table when they hedge it with statements like maybe, likely, as opposed to, yes, this is definitively something we're going to discuss and come to resolution on? >> earlier last week and over the weekend, there was a lot of talk that there was a deal, thomas. that the white house said, look, we'll give you $20 billion in cuts on top of the $10 billion that have occurred. that puts the number at $30 billion. why is that important? over a month ago when the gop initially released the amount of cuts they wanted, $32 billion, $33 billion. the white house democrats
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saying, look, we're giving you what you want off the bat. the reason why it got pushed up to $61 billion overall is because you had an open amendment clause on the floor and the conservative right wing brought it that far. democrats are saying we've done what you wanted originally. what else do we have to do? republicans making a stand saying that's not true, you have not shown us any concrete numbers. when they say sprog being made earlier in the week, yes, the answer would have been, you would have thought so. but now with the harsh rrhetori from the gop, you're seeing both sides in the corner. harry reid is the interesting person to look at. harry reid has been hintsing at, yesterday on the senate floor, maybe we can reach a deal. he's above the fray, even though the house gop is trying to bring him down. very interesting, though, we have not heard anything officially yet from the white house. they seem to be staying out of
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this and letting the process play out on capitol hill. what we do know, though, in terms of looking at this thing full circle, thomas. this is probably the harshest it's been on the budget issue. on a scale of 1 to 10 how probable is a government shutdown, it's looks like it's past the 5 area and more towards probable right now. because there seems to be no consensus on what the number should be. >> hey, luke, i'm sorry to interrupt you. we got to go to georgetown university. >> in mcdonald gym. >> you're absolutely right. >> take care. thank you! thank you! thank you so much. thank you, everybody. everybody please hve a seat. please have a seat. it is wonderful to be back at georgetown. [ cheers and applause ] we've got a number of
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acknowledgements, first of all, i just want to thank president dejoya for his outstanding leadership here, but also for his hospitality. we also have secretary steven chu, my energy secretary, where's steven? there he is, over there. secretary ken salazar of the interior department. secretary tom vilsack, ray nancy sutley who is our counsel on environmental quality director right here. a couple of great members of congress.
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congressman jay endsley of washington. where's jay? there he is, russ holt of new jersey is here. and we've got -- he didn't bring the weather with him, but the mayor of los angeles, california, antonio villaraigosa is in the house. mayor scott smith of arizona is here. and most importantly, the students of georgetown university are in the house. i want to start with a difficult subject. la jolla's had a tough loss, too. coach is here, too. coach thompson, i love this dad, and the great tradition they've
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had. and it turned out vcu was pretty good. i had georgetown winning that game in my bracket. so we're all hurting here. but that's what next year is for. we meet here at a tumultuous time for the world. in a matter of months, we've seen regimes toppled. we've seen democracy take root. and in north africa and in the middle east. we've witnessed a terrible earthquake. a catastrophic tsunami. a nuclear emergency that has battered one of our strongest allies and closest friends and the world's third largest economy. we've led in the international effort in libya to prevent a massacre and maintain stability throughout the broader region.
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and as americans, we're heartbroken by the lives that have been lost, as a result of these events. we're deeply moved by the thirst for freedom in so many nations. and we're moved by the strength and the perseverance of the japanese people. and it's natural, i think, to feel anxious about what all of this means for us, in one big area of concern has been the cost and security of our energy. obviously, the situation in the middle east implicates our energy security. and the situation in japan leads us to ask questions about our
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energy sources. in an economy that relies so heavily on oil. rising prices at the pump affect everybody. workers, farmers, truck drivers, restaurant owners, students who are lucky enough to have a car. businesses, we see rising prices at the pump hurt their bottom line. families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. and for americans that are already struggling to get by, the hike in gas prices really makes their lives that much harder. it hurts. if you're somebody who works in a relatively low wage job and you've got a commute to work, it
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takes up a big chunk of your income. you may not be able to buy as many groceries. you may have to cut back on medicines in order to fill up the gas tank. so this is something that everybody is affected by. now, here's the thing. we have been down this road before. remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. i remember it because i was in the middle of a presidential campaign. working folks certainly remember, because it hit a lot of people pretty hard. and because we were at the height of political season, you had all kinds of slogans and gimmicks and outraged
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politicians. they were waving their three-point plans for $2 a gallon gas. you remember that? drill, baby, drill, and we were going through all of that. and none of it was really going to do anything to solve the problem. there's a lot of hue and cry, a lot o of fomenting and hand wavg but nothing actually happened. imagine that in washington. the truth is, none of these gimmicks, none of these slogans, made a bit of difference. when gas prices finally did fall, it was mostly because the global recession had led to less demand for oil.
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companies were producing less. the demand for petroleum went down. prices went down. now that the economy is recovering, demand is back up. add the turmoil in the middle east, and it's not surprising that oil prices are higher. and every time the price of a barrel of oil on the world market rises by $10, a gallon of gas goes up by about 25 cents. the point is, the ups and downs in gas prices historically have tended to be temporary. but when you look at the long-term trends, they're going to be more ups in gas prices than downs in gas prices. and that's because you've got
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countries like india and china that are growing at a rapid clip. and it's 2 billion more people start consuming more goods, they want cars just like we've got cars. they want to use energy to make their lives a little easier, just like we've got. it is absolutely certain that demand will go up a lot faster than supply. it's just a fact. so here's the bottom line, there are no quick fixes. anybody who tells you otherwise isn't telling you the truth. and we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we finally get serious about a long-term policy for a secure, affordable energy future. we're going to have to think
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long-term. which is why i came here. to talk to young people here at georgetown, because you have more of a stake in us getting our energy policy right than just about anybody. now, here's a source of concern, though, we've known about the dangers of our oil dependence for decades. richard nixon talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. and every president since that time has talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. politicians of every stripe have promised energy independence, but that promise has so far gone unmet. i talked about reducing america's dependence on oil when i was running for president.
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and i'm proud of the historic progress that we've made over the last two years towards that goal. we'll talk about that a little bit. but i've got to be honest, we run into the same political gridlock, the same inertia that has held us back for decades. that has to change. that has to change. we cannot keep going from shock, when gas prices go up, to trance, when they go back down. weo cko dngheam dog, u th next time there's a price spike, then we're shocked again. we can't rush to propose action when gas prices are high, and then hit the snooze button when they fall again. we can't keep on doing that. the united states of america cannot afford to bet our long-term prosperity, our long-term security on a resource that will eventually run out.
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and even before it runs out, we'll get more and more expensive to extract from the ground. we can't afford it when the cost to our economy, our country and our planet are so high. not when your generation kneene today, i want to announce a new goal. one that is reasonable, one that is achievable, and one that is necessary. when i was elected to this office, america imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. by a little more than a decade from now, we will have cut that by one-third. that is something that we can achieve.
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we can cut our oil dependence -- we can cut our oil dependence by a third. i set this goal knowing that we're still going to have to import some oil. it will remain an important part of our energy portfolio for quite sometime, until we've gotten alternative energy strategies fully in force. and when it comes to the oil we import from other nations, obviously, we've got to look at neighbors like canada and mexico, that are stable and steady, sand reliable sources. we as have to look at other countries like brazil. part of the reason i went down there is to talk about energy. with the brazilians. they've recently discovered significant new oil researches. and we can share american technology and know-how with them as they develop these resources.
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but our best opportunities to enhance our energy security can be found in our own backyard. because we boast one critical renewable resource that the rest of the world match. american ingenuity. american ingenuity. american know-how. to make ourselves more secure, to control our energy future, we're going to have to harness all of that ingenuity. it is a task we won't be finished with by the end of my presidency or even by the end of the next presidency. but if we continue the work that we have already begun over the last two years, we won't just spark new jobs, industries and innovations, we will leave your generation and future generations with a country that is safer, that is healthier, and that is more prosperous.
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>> president obama addressing the students and dignitaries there at georgetown university this morning, talking as he led off the speech talking about what is going on around the world, a tumultuous time for the world as the president stated himself, but also bringing up the fact that the cost of our security and our energy is of a big concern to the white house administration currently and saying that the best opportunity to enhance our energy security can be found in our own backyard. that is with american ingenuity. we'll be back with much more right after this. [ robin ] my name is robin.
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federal government has been unable to do, reach a tenable agreement on a budget on time. yeah, on time, for first time in five years. there hasn't been much smooth tiig.r geratouay ite, terry branstat is taking his second term as iowa governor. nikki haley on her first in leaders to help propel their campaigns. and it is gearing up to be an interesting 2012. that's going to do it for me today. i appreciate your time. i'm thomas roberts. i'm going to see you back here, same time, 11 a.m. eastern every week day morning. contessa brewer will pick things up in the next hour. stay right where you are. this is msnbc.
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good wednesday, everyone. i'm contessa brewer. covering the big news coast to coast and the big story we're following today, that international debate over arming libya's rebels. libya's rebels in a hasty retreat, running from government forces in misrata and gadhafi's hometown sirte and he pha the rebels can't take territory and they can't hold territory either. >> at a meeting in london, world leaders insist gadhafi must go. but fail to agree on anxit plan. secretary of state hillary clinton urged the international community not to let up. >> all of us have to continue to pressure on the isolation of the gadhafi regime. >> some experts now suspect libya's rebels could include militants with ties to al qaeda. certainly a co


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